Heavy Deadlift Variations

by Kilo on June 11, 2011

This is my friend David Dellanave from The Movement Minneapolis demonstrating a couple of heavy deadlift variations. (once you get past the first version with the pink, Perform Better competition kettlebells).

After the pink bells you can see him deadlift 804 on a Stronger Grip Plateau Buster. It’s a short range of motion, but give it a try and you’ll quickly see that this guy is really, really strong. As I once heard Mike Bruce say after a 1300 + rack pull, “Maybe I only moved it an inch, but it was 1300 lbs.

The last variation is the Jefferson deadlift, a variation that feels odd at the beginning, but is a movement that I’ve really come to like. The rotational aspect feels good and is just one more way to practice when conventional pulling isn’t testing well. He makes 515 look pretty easy.

FYI, David is not a big guy. I would guess that he’s 5’7″ or 5’8″ and usually weighs between 160 and 180. Big pulling.



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